Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom.

King James Version

Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

Holman Bible

One who isolates himself pursues [selfish] desires; he rebels against all sound judgment.

International Standard Version

Whoever isolates himself pursues selfish ends; he resists all sound advice.

A Conservative Version

He who desires to separate himself seeks excuses, and rages against all sound wisdom.

American Standard Version

He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire, And rageth against all sound wisdom.


He who willfully separates and estranges himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire and pretext to break out against all wise and sound judgment.

Bible in Basic English

He who keeps himself separate for his private purpose goes against all good sense.

Darby Translation

He that separateth himself seeketh his pleasure, he is vehement against all sound wisdom.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Whosoever goes astray seeks according to his own lust and shall meddle with every doctrine.

Julia Smith Translation

He separating himself will Seek according to desire; he will be irritated with every purpose.

King James 2000

A man, having separated himself, seeks his own desire, and rages against all sound wisdom.

Lexham Expanded Bible

He who is selfish seeks a craving; against all sound judgment he shows contempt.

Modern King James verseion

He that separates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound wisdom.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He accompanieth himself with all steadfast and healthsome doctrine, that hath a desire to it and is sequestered from company.

NET Bible

One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires; he rejects all sound judgment.

New Heart English Bible

An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.

The Emphasized Bible

A man seeketh, for satisfaction, going his own way, through all safe counsel, he breaketh.


Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

World English Bible

An unfriendly man pursues selfishness, and defies all sound judgment.

Youngs Literal Translation

For an object of desire he who is separated doth seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.


Root Form
Usage: 20

Usage: 3

Context Readings

How Fools Live

1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. 2 A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind.

Cross References

Proverbs 2:1-6

My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you,

Proverbs 20:3

Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

Ephesians 5:15-17

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,

Jude 1:19

These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit.

Exodus 33:16

"For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?"

Proverbs 14:10

The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

Proverbs 20:19

He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

Proverbs 24:21

My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change,

Zechariah 7:3

speaking to the priests who belong to the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, "Shall I weep in the fifth month and abstain, as I have done these many years?"

Proverbs 17:14

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

Proverbs 26:17

Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

Isaiah 26:8-9

Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O LORD, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls.

Jeremiah 15:17

I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult Because of Your hand upon me I sat alone, For You filled me with indignation.

Matthew 13:11

Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.

Matthew 13:44

"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Mark 1:35

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.

Mark 4:11

And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,

Romans 1:1

Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

2 Corinthians 6:17

"Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers.

International Standard Version Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation.

New American Standard Bible Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved. For Permission to Quote Information visit

NET Bible copyright © 1996-2006 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. NetBible

Basic English, produced by Mr C. K. Ogden of the Orthological Institute - public domain